Facebook Hacking Happens Really Fast

Background: Facebook’s hundreds of millions of users log in and out of the the site a billion plus times each day.

The Good News: Facebook reports that logins are only compromised .06% if the time.

The Bad News: .06 of a really large number (Facebook members) is a really large number.

Via Consumer Reports:

Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant with security software maker Sophos, took a closer look at the numbers reported by Facebook in a blog post touting its new online features such as Trusted Friends.

By Cluley’s calculations, 0.06 percent of a billion log-ins results in 600,000 compromised Facebook sign-ons per day. Or, more telling: One hacked Facebook account is being logged in to the social media website every 140 milliseconds.

That’s literally faster than the blink of an eye, which takes only 150 milliseconds.

Takeaway: Change your password from 12345 to something a little more clever.

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